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Dave Cieslewicz

Hizzoner argues his approach to Madison’s flood threat covers the “complexity” of the causes and solutions to flooding; a Catholic remains faithful through “poor leadership” of Bishop Morlino, who recently died. Read more

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Bill Keys was a widely respected Madison West high school English teacher and later a member of the Madison school board. While he was there the board tied itself in knots over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school d Read more

Opinion 7 Comments

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Jason Tish

Built in 1915, the Churchill Building was Madison’s first “skyscraper.” The building had an enormous influence on how Madison developed. Now the state wants to tear the building down for the most ironic of uses — a history museum. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Where should I start? How about Jim Delaney, the Big Ten commissioner who is retiring with a $20 million bonus. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

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David Michael Miller

When campaigning for governor Tony Evers promised to reduce the prison population, do something about chronic wasting disease, and fix the controversial WEDC. None of those proposals are in his first budget. Read more

Opinion 2 Comments

These days when I go back to the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis I see something that I never saw as a kid: diversity. Read more

Citizen Dave

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Bev Mazur

It’s time for the 14th annual Madison Reads Leopold event at the UW Arboretum. Read more

Citizen Dave

Gov. Tony Evers’ pick for the Public Service Commission, Rebecca Cameron Valcq, is raising concerns over her deep ties to the utility industry. Read more

News 1 Comments

Mayor Paul Soglin won the mayoral primary but with only 28 percent of the vote. That’s not good news for an incumbent. Read more

Citizen Dave

At last count there were no less than 11 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. And others are likely on the way. What trait am I looking for? Boring. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Are our cultural, political and economic differences with the rest of the state fueling an ever wider divide? Do we need to come up with a marketing strategy to rebrand Madison? Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Clearly Foxconn was banking on former Gov. Scott Walker to stay in office and make sure it received its unneeded government payout even if it doesn’t meet all the targets. Read more

Opinion 4 Comments

Tax incremental financing was a slick idea and for the most part it’s worked out great in Madison. But there’s a downside. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments

The Milwaukee Brewers announced that naming rights have been sold to American Family Insurance, whose headquarters are in Madison. Thus begins the Madisonization of the ballpark. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

Some argue that the time demands of being a city alderperson make the current part-time structure impractical. Should there be fewer members who work full time and are paid more? Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

The shutdown and Trump’s insistence on a wall are both senseless and unnecessary. But the shutdown does remind the public that our government does important things in service to average Americans. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

I’ve had two Shelties, but they were really my wife’s dogs. This time we have a mutt and it’s going to be different. Read more

Citizen Dave

Citizen Dave has been busy turning the pages of both new books and classics. What’s his pick for the best book of the last 365 days? Read more

Citizen Dave

Next year we can start putting “former” in front of “Governor” when we write about Scott Walker. And there is even more to look forward to. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

For the past few years I’ve worn the family Santa costume and tried to entertain all at the Cieslewicz family Christmas Eve. No longer. I’ve been thanked for my service and sent on my way. Read more

Citizen Dave

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker negotiated a $28 million deal with Kimberly-Clark before signing a bill that takes away the next governor’s power to do exactly the same thing. Read more

Opinion 2 Comments

Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald aren’t just limiting the power of the offices of the governor and attorney general. They’re undermining the basis of our system: that rules should apply equally regardless of who is in office. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Kriss Marion buys some vegetables from vendor and supporter Jenny Bonde of Hollandale at the Mineral Point Farmers Market.

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    A natural extrovert, Marion enjoys chatting with people at farmers’ markets, parades and rural fundraisers.

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Landmark (right), with business partner Anna Thomas Bates at their Paoli shop: “I’m confident that I’m the only campaign manager in the country who makes cheese one day a week.”